Today, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. issued a declaration that the state of Florida is in a state of emergency. He also issued an order for federal assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions caused by Tropical Storm Ian beginning on September 23, 2022, and continuing. This order was issued because the emergency conditions were caused by Tropical Storm Ian.
As a result of the action taken by the President, the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been given the authority to coordinate all disaster relief efforts with the goal of reducing the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population. FEMA is also given the authority to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, which are authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, in order to save lives and protect property as well as public health and safety and lessen or alleviate the effects of the emergency.
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In particular, the Federal Event Management Agency (FEMA) has been given the authority to locate, organize, and, at its own discretion, supply the required resources and equipment to mitigate the effects of the emergency. Under the Public Aid program, emergency protective measures (Category B), which may include direct federal assistance, will be supplied with funds from the federal government equal to 75% of the total cost.
Thomas J. McCool was appointed as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the areas that were impacted by the disaster by Deanne Criswell, the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the Department of Homeland Security.
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